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Congress Seeks to End Run Federal Aviation Administration on Drone Rules

Apparently impatient with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) slow progress in developing rules governing the commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV” or “drones”), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and...more

Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days

As we reported last month, quick-strike action by the Senate on May 22 to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) included within the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (the Trade Act of...more

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Pay-to-Play Implications of Governor Chris Christie’s Presidential Run

After today’s announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a long list of 2016 presidential candidates, from both parties. But Christie’s position as a sitting governor means that he is subject to different...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

U.S. Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws Accompany Trade Preferences Extension Act

The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which has now passed both houses of Congress and awaits signature by President Obama, contains some significant rule changes and codifications of contested practice with respect to...more

Russia and Ukraine Sanctions - One Year On

The spring and summer of 2014 saw the United States and European Union impose a range of sanctions relating to Ukraine and Russia in response to the series of events leading to the fall of the Yanukovyich government in...more

Alert: Brexit – How It Might Pan Out

The Government's European Union Referendum Bill was introduced into the House of Commons and had its first reading on 28 May 2015. Its second reading debate took place on 9 June 2015; and it was considered in Committee on 16...more

Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Congress Sends Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill to the President, Invigorating Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

After several weeks of legislative wrangling, congressional leaders will send a bill to President Obama this week to give him fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S....more

Congress Still Debating Fast Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Congressional leaders are working to find a way to pass legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The Trade...more

EU continues sanctions against Russia and Crimea into 2016

On 19 June 2015, the EU Council decided to extend until 23 June 2016 the EU sanctions against Crimea/Sevastopol imposed in June 2014 in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. On 22 June 2015, the EU...more

Extension of sanctions on Yemen, Iraq and the Central African Republic: What your firm needs to know

The UK Government has recently extended United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) sanctions relating to Yemen, Iraq and the Central African Republic to the British Overseas Territories. - Yemen (Sanctions) (Overseas...more

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part II)

This is the second of two articles guiding taxpayers through the next 24 months of state taxation’s turbulent waters. In this article, we address three additional significant trends. Corporate Income Taxation: Heat and...more

Philadelphia Amends Fuel Oil Ordinance, Allows Use of Old Oil After New Standards Take Effect July 1

An amendment to Philadelphia Code relating to the use of No. 2 fuel oil—the most widely used oil for heating, industrial operations, and emergency generation, was signed into law by Mayor Michael Nutter on June 18. This...more

Amendments to Condominium Termination Law Impede Ability to Terminate

Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the Condominium Act. This statute clears up certain problems experienced...more

New Legislation Expands Texas Captive Insurance Market

First, Senate Bill 667 amends Chapter 964 of the Texas Insurance Code to permit Texas captive insurance companies to pool risk with other affiliated captives subject to approval by the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”)....more

Lawmakers urge CFPB to reopen arbitration study

A group of more than 80 House and Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking the CFPB to reopen its arbitration study. The CFPB released the final results of its empirical study of consumer arbitration...more

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Conflict of Interest and Ethics Tips

Recent developments suggest that businesses looking to fill tables to charitable or other functions should take caution when inviting public office holders. This month, Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner...more

Arizona State Legislature Expands Prompt Payment to Design Professionals on Public Works Projects

Arizona law has long protected the rights of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to prompt payment. However, all such protections have not extended to design professionals. For example, in 2013, the Arizona Court of...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

Tennessee Benefit Corporation Statute

Governor Haslam recently signed into law the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act" (the FPBCA), which has now been assigned Public Chapter No. 497. The FPBCA will take effect on January 1, 2016 and will allow for-profit...more

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